Introduction

Lately, with all the commotion in the CPU and GPU markets, the case industry seems rather unexciting. Somehow AMD buying ATI just seems a little more important than choosing the tower of your dreams for your next rig. But with huge shifts in anything - be it a new processor or a better integrated platform - the number of people interested in building a new PC at all grows, and with that growth comes the necessary interest in new cases.

While it's certainly nice to see Conroe generating much, much less heat than the Pentium D series, we certainly won't be able to get rid of worrying about the thermal outputs of our computers altogether any time soon. Also, with even decently-configured towers becoming so inexpensive to build the emphasis on looks and low noise levels is at an all-time high in the case realm.

Taking all these factors into mind, Thermaltake has been busy revamping some of their older products, as well as refining the aspects that have made previous cases of theirs so popular. After polishing up their work they sent us three different cases that showcase some of the fruits of these labors.

While we've already examined the ThermalRock Eclipse in a large roundup from last year, we're going to take a brief look at its latest incarnation, the Eclipse DV - now officially a Thermaltake product. This newer case is very much like the original, but will serve as a good comparison to the newer designs Thermaltake has to offer as well. The Eureka is targeted as a true server case, and although some of its design features will definitely make this obvious it could still fit into a lot of users' "perfect combination of features" list. Lastly we'll examine the very new Aguila desktop case, a product quite similar to the very popular Armor Jr. case but with a couple useful tweaks. Here's a quick breakdown of what the different models offer:


(TL: Tool-less, TS: Thumbscrews, SS: Standard Screws,
TR: Tool-less rails, SR: Screwed rails)


Time to look at the first case!

Thermaltake Eclipse DV - External
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  • raskren - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I'm tired of these Nite Brite cases designed for the 15 year old boy. Come on! How about something a little more professional? I don't need or want giant holes, windows, or cases covered in LEDs! Reply
  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    despite what the majority of comments seem to point to, the fact is Thermaltake's cases sell like hot-cakes. people like them.. and no, I'm not just talking about 15 year old boys. different strokes for different folks Reply
  • Operandi - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Nickelback, the Chevy Cavalier, and Huffy bikes sell like “hot-cakes” too yet all three suck, hmm… how about that?

    People like them sure but based on the comments here not the Anandtech demographic.
    Reply
  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    trust me, the 'active anandtech comment posters' demographic is nothing like the 'active anandtech reader' demographic ;) Reply
  • Le Québécois - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    Amen ! Reply
  • Forbin85 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have to agree. What's with the doors on the front too?

    I actually just bought myself a Coolermaster Centurion 534 for my Conroe build.
    Reply
  • bob661 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I have a red Aspire aluminum case. I can't find my case anywhere anymore so I'm assuming it's been discontinued although steel versions can be found. Very simple design with side facing hard drive trays damn near the same as the Aguila. I'll have this case for a LONG time before I give it up. BTX will probably be the only way I'll change it. Reply
  • AMD4ME2 - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    I personally like screws! to hold in my expansion cards! I work on alot of machines daily and seriously... I'm sick of opening computers and finding expansion cards bouncing around in the case because of some wimpy screwless design. Reply
  • SilthDraeth - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    "Once our install was completed we noticed how much the honeycomb grill acts like a standard case window, but frankly we appreciate the ventilation and EMF shielding it provides more than just the cool factor."

    Just how much EMF shielding do you think an aluminum grill provides? And you mention that you like the ventilation, while at the same time, you express your worry over your hard drives getting to hot???

    and

    "This decision is interesting for a case designed more for sever use though, considering it sacrifices airflow over the hard drives, which shows up as considerably higher temperatures for our system hard drive and MOSFETs."

    I guess you can say the case is designed for servers. I actually thought it was a small form factor case, instead of an ATX case for building your own standard computer in.

    On a positive note I like the Aguila's design, but I still do not think it touches the Coolermaster Praetorian.
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  • JoshuaBuss - Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - link

    good point. I'll see if I can re-word that. Reply

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